A stroke is when blood flow to a part of the brain is blocked or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. Blood carries oxygen to cells in the body. When brain cells are starved of blood, they die. It is the number five killer and leading cause of disability in America, it is dangerous and deadly.
When it comes to a stroke, every minute counts. Knowing the signs is key because it can be a matter of life and death. You need to act F.A.S.T. Below are key signs to someone that may be experiencing a stroke.
F = Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven?
A = Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S = Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred?
T = Time to call 911
Nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure which is a key risk for a stroke. Most of the time there are no symptoms of high blood pressure so it is important to have it checked regularly. Living a healthy lifestyle is key to preventing; eat a balanced diet, get regular exercise, limit your alcohol intake, and do not smoke. It is never too late to start making healthier choices.
Can you spot the signs and symptoms of a stroke? Click here to take this short quiz from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.